Your Favorite Total War Game?

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Poll Your Favorite Total War Game? (34 votes)

Shogun: Total War 6%
Medieval: Total War 6%
Rome: Total War 21%
Medieval 2: Total War 18%
Empire: Total War 6%
Nepoleon: Total War 0%
Total War: Shogun 2 24%
Total War: Rome 2 0%
Total War: Attila 6%
Total War: Warhammer 15%

Total War: Warhammer came out this year and it was commercial and critical success. Many said it's their favorite in the series. The game has re-energized the franchise with no doubt and having a fantasy based trilogy is a good change for the series primarily known for history based titles.

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Shogun: Total War (Expansion: Mongol Invasion)

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Medieval: Total War (Expansion: Viking Invasion)

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Rome: Total War (Expansion: Barbarian Invasion, Alexander)

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Medieval 2: Total War (Expansion: Kingdoms)

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Empire: Total War (Expansion: The Warpath Campaign)

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Napoleon: Total War (Expansion: The Peninsular Campaign)

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Total War: Shogun 2 (Expansion: Rise of the Samurai, Fall of the Samurai)

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Total War: Rome 2 (Expansion: Caesar in Gaul, Hannibal at the Gates, Imperator, Augustus, Wrath of Sparta)

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Total War: Attila (Expansion: The Age of Roman, The Age of Charlemagne)

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Total War: Warhammer (Expansion: The Beastmen, The Warriors of Chaos, The Grim and the Grave, The King and the Warlord)

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So which one is your favorite (including expansions)? And tell us why. I think my favorite is still Medieval 2: Total War. Something about that time period just makes it my favorite even though technically newer games like Shogun 2 are superior (Better graphics, better AI, Better controls, Streamlined UI etc). So much great stuff happened in that time period that interests me; Mongol invasion, Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Crusades, Rise of Black Powder, Knights of the Templar, Cult of Hashashins and so on.

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#1 R4gn4r0k
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I love a historical setting more.

But to be honest, Warhammer nailed the combat:

  • Units charging into battle, jumping before delivering that first hit
  • Big units that demolish little troops
  • Griphons that come down from the sky and eat little troops.

I'll always prefer a setting like Napoleon, Rome or Medieval more, but the battles in Warhammer make me feel like I'm in a LOTR movie :)

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#2 Litchie  Online
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I really suck at those games, so I stay away. :P But Warhammer would appeal to me the most for being fantasy.

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#3 AnthonyAutumns
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Shogun Total War 2 and Medieval Total War.

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#4 deactivated-5b1e62582e305
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Empire: Total War. I just really liked the gun combat and time period.

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#5 darklight4
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Medieval 2 Total War was my favourite. I can't forget Rome, first TW game I played.

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#6  Edited By jhonMalcovich
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Attila is my favorite of all times. It has the deepest strategical game play of the series. It's like civilization game on the global map. Deep diplomacy plus religion plus logistics plus settlement planning and specialization. Even soIL fertility and polution are taken into account lol But yeah, Warhammer, despite overly simplified strategic game play and town management, comes second because each faction is played completely different and the battles are just the best of the series. I mean playing Vampire Counts was the best necromancy game play I have ever played. It's like playing for the white walkers in Game of Thrones. Simply Vampire Counts alone is 10/10 game play in Warhammer. So yeh, Attila was the product of 10+ years of experience and polishing of Total War gameplay formula, meanwhile Warhammer is a fucking Warhammer.

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#7 Frank_Castle
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Shogun 2

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#8 Heil68
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Total War: Shogun 2

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#9 Kozio
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The game that you will find the most fun is probably the one associated with your favorite setting. I have multiple favourites, they are all pretty good.

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#10 GarGx1
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I'm loving Warhammer because I'm a Games Workshop nut from way back but Empire is still my favourite due to the scale and epic feeling of the battles. Nothing says epic war like a 17th/18th century battle. Oddly I never gelled that much with Napoleon, probably because it was just tuned Empire on a smaller scale.

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#11 with_teeth26
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I've only been playing TW games since Empire, but my favorites from what I have played are Shogun 2 and Attila.

Warhammer had fun battles but the strategic layer felt kinda weak compared to Attila

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#12  Edited By thepclovingguy
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My favorite one is Attila, especially when playing as the western roman empire. You literally experience the fall of Rome in a sense, which puts you in the position to preserve the empire at all cost against endless hordes of unique enemies. I usually stick to Spain and abandon every other province until I get my economic and military going as the western roman empire.

Cant wait for the Medieval Kingdoms 1212 AD mod to be released

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However, my other two favorite total wars are medieval 2 and napoleon total war(since I love the gun powder era).

Total war is the best strategy franchise ever made, I can invest hours upon hours in these games without ever getting tired, no other game I ever played offers as much replayability as total war, not only that, but total war is also quite unique compared to most modern AAA games, which mostly consist of copy paste garbage.

Total war Warhammer basically shits on any other game released this year, the only game I could see beating warhammer total war this year would be mount and blade bannerlord.

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#13 thepclovingguy
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@Litchie said:

I really suck at those games, so I stay away. :P But Warhammer would appeal to me the most for being fantasy.

Maybe because its the most casual total war, but still a great game nonetheless.

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#14 Ballroompirate
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Total War Warhammer is a whole next lvl for the TW games

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#15 uninspiredcup
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Shogun 2 for me bro. Them Samurai dudes and women with clown makeup are awesome.

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#16 lawlessx
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I haven't played the latest ones,but shogun 2 was amazing

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#17 thepclovingguy
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Total war is what I call a high quality pc exclusive franchise.

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#18  Edited By illmatic87
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Shogun 2. It's where the franchise went full circle from the their first Total War game and it's their best release.

It just felt like the fresh change it needed after being stuck with somewhat flat footed regiment warfare and all the bravado and spectacle of behind European conflict. It just felt different as a whole. Unit groups just seemed so much more agile, nimble and responsive than what the series had prior and the game just had this sense of atmosphere I never really felt from the franchise (maybe with the exception of Napoleon's explosive naval battles, prior). I mean, just look at those cherry blossoms in the background of that screenshot in the OP.

It was also the first 'main release' where I felt the presentation didn't seem visually dry or clinical. You can just feel the passion and admiration that was put into Shogun 2 and the culture they worked from all the lovely touches of traditional Japanese artwork across its menus and interface. And the admiration of culture carried right down to the its implementation of its mechanics that enhanced its strategic layer that drew directly from Shogun 2's cultural context. The way it handled honor, loyalty, feudalism and even little things like seppuku was a nice thematic and mechanical touch. The implementation of Agents provided such a cool layer of trickery and espionage. And although I might be in the minority here (also, I picked factions that started quite distant from Kyoto), I liked the Realm Divide mechanic: Because it made the mid-late game scenario quite interesting and avoided the usual 4X trapping of the campaign 'cracking' to a point where it's clear that someone was going to win and said 'winner' is just there mindlessly cleaning up. It also added a means for you to plan ahead before deciding to make such commitment.

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#19  Edited By Cloud_imperium
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@uninspiredcup said:

Shogun 2 for me bro. Them Samurai dudes and women with clown makeup are awesome.

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#20 thepclovingguy
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Seems everybody favors shogun 2, well shogun 2 was a good game, but it honestly felt to limited, not enough variety since you are fighting the same culture over and over again. Beautiful game though despite its age.

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#21  Edited By kweeni
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I think I'll give it to Medieval 2 (incl. Kingdoms). I loved the Medieval setting and the game was generally an improvement over Rome technically.

Second place goes to Rome (incl. BI and Alexander). First TW game I played, loved it, nostalgia too stronk.

Third place is Shogun 2(incl. expansions). Great game in general, technically an improvement over its predecessors, just a bummer that all the factions looked pretty much the same. And I got into the game pretty late, not long before Rome 2 came out. Maybe if I had got it sooner and played it more I would have ranked it higher, idk, but I didn't have a good enough pc until then.

Last place goes to Rome 2 (incl. Caesar and some other stuff). This game was an epic let down and made me lose trust in CA when it launched. Their commitment to fix the game made me regain trust but the game is still "meh".

I'll give Empire and Shogun 1 a honorable mention. The reason why I didn't add them to the list is because I barely played them. The former happened to come in a humble bundle and I wasn't that interested in it anymore by the time I got it(didn't have a good enough pc when it came out), but it was fun for the one day that I played it. The latter I basically bought for cheap in the store one day to see what the old TW was like and because I felt like collecting TW game at the time. Despite being old it was still pretty fun I must admit, for the day or two that I played it. I'd play them again if I had more time and less other games. >.>

I kinda wish I had bought Attila in a humble bundle when I had the chance. [sad face]

I'll definitely pick up Warhammer someday. Maybe I'll give the original Medieval a try in the meantime, it's been sitting in my library for a while like so many other games. Or maybe I'll give Shogun 2 another run.

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#22 Stevo_the_gamer  Moderator
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It's a close tie between Empire and Medieval 2.

Although, The Third Age is right up there with those two; a fantastic overhaul mod that is still addicting to play.

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#23 jun_aka_pekto
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Medieval 2, Empire, and Napoleon.

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#24 uninspiredcup
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Well I guess it depends on if you include Rise and Fall. The most pronounced difference is obviously Fall Of Samurai where (like the series) it mush-mashes two styles of combat. at odds with each other. But even the smaller expansion pack (Rise) has substantial gameplay difference

@thepclovingguy said:

Seems everybody favors shogun 2, well shogun 2 was a good game, but it honestly felt to limited, not enough variety since you are fighting the same culture over and over again. Beautiful game though despite its age.

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#25 wolverine4262
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I had the most fun with medievel 2. Have played total war in a long time though.

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#26 demi0227_basic
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I really wish there was a new Medieval. Perfect era for this type of game.

I LOVED Shogun 2...the calvary was so fun, and lot's of great ranged classes. I've loved them all though...but a few stick out ahead.